Clarence Kivett (1905-1996), Architect

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Clarence Kivett was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 18, 1905. He studied at the University of Kansas and received his degree in architecture in 1928.[4][5][6] He was married in 1934 to Margaret Maria Kivett.[10] Kivett studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1943. Later, in 1957, he engaged in Regional & City Planning Studies at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kivett was an occasional lecturer at the University of Kansas. He was a member of the AIA, the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Philharmonic Society, and the National Architectural Advisory Commission.[4][5][6] Kivett died on December 3rd, 1996.[9]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Educational & Professional Associations

1928: Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.[4][5][6]

1943: student, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.[4][5][6]

1945-19__: architect and partner, Kivett & Myers.[4][5][6]

1947: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-197; October 31, 1947.[7]

1957: Regional & City Planning Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. [6]

1975: License expired December 31, 1975.[7]

Architectural Study Travel

England, France, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland.[3]

Buildings & Projects

Watson Brothers Transfer Co./Omaha Wire Products Building (1944), 1523 S 24th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0116-002)

Beth Israel Synagogue (1946), 1502 N 52nd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[8][a]

Macys (1949), Kansas City, Missouri.[4][5]

Home for Aged (1951).[4]

Church (1953), Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

Santa Fe School (1953), Kansas City, Missouri.[4]

Douglas School (1954), Kansas City, Missouri.[4]

Katz Drug Company (1957), Kirkwood, Missouri.[4]

Temple B'nal Jehudah (1957), Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Southwest. Bell Telephone Company (1961), Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Crossbar-Office Buildings (1961), Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

McPike, lnc, Office & Warehouse (1961), Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Hallmark Cards (1961), Lawrence, Kans, & N.Y.C,[5]

Menorah Med. Center (1961), Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Tenth District Federal Reserve Bank Addition (1968), Kansas City, Missouri.[6]

Missouri State Office Building (1968), Kansas City, Missouri.[6]

Belton Senior High School, Belton (1969), Missouri.[6]

Oakland Junior High School (1969), Columbia, Missouri.[6]

University of Missouri Botany Building (1969), Columbia, Missouri.[6]

Honors & Awards

1959: Medal Award, Kansas City AIA.[3]

1964: Merit Award, Kansas City.[5]

1966: Food service award, Oak Park Senior High School Scramble Cafeteria.[5]


a. This building was done on behalf of the firm Kivett & Meyers, Architects.


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 56.

2. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

3. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed May 18, 2010,

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 302, accessed March 3, 2010,

5. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 383, accessed April 4, 2010,

6. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 495, accessed April 4, 2010,

7. “Professional license results for Clarence Kivett,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed December 10, 2013,

8. History of Beth Israel,, 2017.

9. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011.

10. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Clarence Kivett (1905-1996), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, August 31, 2017. Accessed, October 1, 2022.

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